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May 22/11 8:56 am - Dalby World Cup: Men's XC UPDATES

Posted by Editoress on 05/22/11

The final race of the World Cup XC #2 is about to start with riders now on the line


Our coverage brought to you with the support of Velirium


They will complete a start loop of 2.4 km then complete 6 full laps of the course


The wind continues to pick up and it is raining intermittently


5 Canadian men riding today:  Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain), Derek Zandstra (Team Canada), Max Plaxton, Raphael Gagne , Andrew Watson  all Team Canada)


Start Loop

Marco Aurelio Fontana (Cannondale Factory Racing) gets the holeshot and they head out.  A total of 138 entries today.

9:03 am ET -   Jose Hermida (Multivan Merida Biking Team) now leading a long, long line as they make their way around the short loop


Lap 1


As they head out it is Hermida across first followed by Nino Schurter (Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing), Manuel Fumic (Cannondale Factory Racing), Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Racing)

Geoff Kabush 45th at 28 sec back

Gagne 56th

Zandstra 69

Watson 85

Plaxton 96



9:11 am ET.   Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Racing) has taken the lead, folowed by Nino Schurter (Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing) and then a long line still.  Gaps are starting to form


9:19 am ET - Kulhavy is setting a blistering pace but Schurter is not matching it, opting to set his own pace, hopeing Kulhavy will flame out


Schurter is leading a group of 6 chasers: Fontana, Fumic, Absalon, Gujan, Tempier


Lap 2


Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Racing) leading across the line with Stéphane Tempier (TX Active Bianchi) at the front of the chasers at 35 sec back.

Todd Wells 12th

Kabush 46th at 2:13

Zandstra 59th at 2:30

Sam Schultz 60th

JHK 61st

Jeremiah Bishop 65th

Plaxton 79th

Gagne 82

Watson 88


9:24 am ET - Kulhavy (on a Specialized 29er) continues to pound the pedals and open the gap to the chasers.


9:29 am ET - Kulhavy extending his lead, but the chase group is now ~ 10 riders


9:33 am ET -  Kulhavy still leading with Absalon chasing on his own

Then Fontana, Schurter and Fumic


Lap 3


Heading out onto Lap 3 Kulhavy has a gap of  20 sec on Absalon

Schurter 3rd at 45 sec, with Sauser 4th Fumic 5th and  Fontana 6th all same time


Stander 7th at 46 sec

Temper 8th at s.t.

Wells 14th

Kabush 48th

JHK 51

Bishop 54

Zandstra 50th

Schultz 66

Plaxton 72

Watson 91

Gagne 108

16th place Florian Vogel (Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing) has had a mechanical



9:45 am ET - Kulhavy leading with Absalon holing that 20 second gap.  Schurter leading the chasrg of the chase group, but they seem to be losing ground.


The wind is blowing up a lot of dust. 

Mathias Flückiger (Trek World Racing) and Ralph Naef (Multivan Merida Biking Team) are both DNF


9:49 am ET - Absalon has closed the gap on Kulhavy, now under 15 sec.  Chase group at 57 seconds


Lap 4 - 3 to go


Kulhavy goes through with a gap of 19 sec on Absalon. 


The chase group is still 9 riders and they are at 1:19 back

Stander, Sauser, Fumic, Schurter, Fontana, Tempier, Litscher, Milatz, Wells


JHK 42

Zandstra 45

Kabush 45

Bishop 48

Plaxton 67

Schultz 72

Watson 94


10am ET - Kulhavy has opened up the gap on Absalon, it is now ~ 30 sec.

Chase group at 1:30


10:05 am ET - as they head to the end of the 3rd lap, the gap between the 2 leaders is ~ 38 seconds

Chasers at 1:50


Lap 5 - 2 to go

Kulhavy, Absalon at 39 sec

Chasers now 5 only at 1:44 - Sauser, Fumic, Fontana, Schurter adn Stander

Tempier 8th at 1:54

Milatz 9th at 1:58

Litsch 10th at 1:59

Wells 11th 2:12


Zandstra 38th

JHK 37th

Bishop 40th

Kabush 48th

Plaxton 57th

Schultz 63rd


Last Lap


Kulhavy begins the final lap with a gap of 44 seconds on Absalon

Chase group of 5 (Fontana, Sauser, Fumic, Stander, Milatz) at 2:04


Maxime Marotte (BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry) 8th at 2:19

Thomas Litscher (Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team) 9th

Nino Schurter (Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing) 10th both at s.t.

Wells now 14th

Zandstra 32nd

JHK 36th

Bishop 40th

Kabush 46th

Plaxton 49th


10:37 am ET - Kulhavy heading to the finish is looking tires and   Absalon at 35 seconds has closed the gap a bit.


The race is now on for 3rd, with Fontana pushing very hard, but maybe doing too much work at the front into the wind






1 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Racing), 1:40:53

2 Julien Absalon (Orbea), at 0:50

3 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Cannondale Factory Racing), 1:39

4 Maxime Marotte (BH - Suntour - Peisey Vallandry), s.t.

5 Manuel Fumic (Cannondale Factory Racing), 1:40

6 Moritz Milatz (BMC Mountainbike Racing Team), s.t.

7  Burry Stander (Specialized Racing), 1:51

8 Christoph Sauser (Specialized Racing), 1:52

9 Nino Schurter (Scott - Swisspower MTB - Racing), 1:58

10 Stéphane Tempier (TX Active Bianchi), 2:00


Note: First World Cup win for a 29er










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